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McCarthy is a fascinating remnant of Alaska’s historic mining era. Located deep in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, McCarthy is quaint town which sprang up as a spot where miners could enjoy in its saloons, restaurants, hotels, pool halls and stores. A number of its old buildings are still in use and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. An alpine paradise, it features views of the Wrangell, Chugach and St. Elias ranges within the park. The town is dotted with restaurants, cafes and many outfitters that will take visitors on a range of activities, from glacier trekking to white-water rafting to flightseeing trips over the national park. The McCarthy-Kennecott Historical Museum is a place of interest for history lovers, while the white-trimmed red buildings in the old mining ruins of Kennecott are a photographer’s dream as they stand out against a dramatic mountain-and-glacier backdrop. Several hiking trails also start from near the mine ruins, including the Root Glacier Trail, which leads directly to the Root Glacier, and the Old Mine Trail, which goes straight up a mountain to the remains of an ore loading site.

Highlights

  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve
  • McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum
  • Hiking & Glacier Trails

Places to Stay

Enchanting Travels Alaska McCarthy Kennicott Glacier Lodge
Kennicott Glacier Lodge

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Kennicott Glacier Lodge sits in the picturesque town of Kennicott in the heart of Wrangell Saint Elias National Park. Close to the town of McCarthy, this family-run lodge is a replica of one of the historic copper mining buildings that once dotted the region.

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